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New Webinar Series to support Implementation of the MCH Block Grant Transformation Taking Action with Evidence: Implementation Roadmaps
AMCHP and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health Strengthen the Evidence Base for MCH project are pleased to announce a series of webinars to support your next phase of action – selecting evidence-based or -informed strategies and developing your state-initiated Evidence-based or -informed Strategy Measures (ESMs) that will impact your state selected Title V population-based National Performance Measures (NPMs).

Each webinar in the series will focus on one of the 15 NPMs. The series will take place October through February. The first webinars are scheduled as follows:

  • NPM #8 Physical Activity Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. EST
  • NPM #1 Well Woman Visit Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. EST
  • NPM #14 Smoking Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. EST

More information about the series and registration links for each webinar are posted to the MCH Block Grant Transformation Resources page on the AMCHP website. We will update this site on a rolling basis and provide reminders in Member Briefs.

National MCH Workforce Development Center Coffee Talk Series – Don't Miss the Final Presentation Tomorrow!
This series, hosted by the National MCH Workforce Development Center Change Management, concludes with the final topic – managing change. The series consists of an archived 20-minute video for AMCHP members to access at their leisure and an AMCHP-hosted Twitter chat on the content shared during the archived video. Click here to learn more about each talk and to register!

Coffee Talk 4: Managing Change
Presenter: Brenda Jones, DHSc, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC, Deputy Director, Office of Women's Health, Illinois Department of Public Health
Managing change is not an easy task-especially some of the "moving the needle" efforts currently gearing up in the Title V programs! Successful collective impact efforts require a few key conditions-among them a united plan among the many individuals and organizations that impact the issue as well as collaboration among the key players. While the effects of collective impact are often outside the control of a single individual or organization, achieving change within those systems is dependent on great leadership at both the individual and organizational levels. This presentation will share a brief overview of the leadership skills and capacities needed to lead collective impact initiatives, followed by Brenda's personal experience in creating collective action among key players during a major statewide MCH reorganization.
Video Release: Oct. 7
Twitter Chat: Oct. 28 2-3 p.m. EST

Improving Continuity of Coverage and Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
Women and families have experienced tremendous gains through state and national health reform over the last five years, yet pregnant women still experience lapses in care as they churn between different health insurance plans or different sources of coverage. To learn how to address these issues in your state, join us for a webinar, Improving Continuity of Coverage and Care for Pregnant & Postpartum Women, on Monday, Oct. 26 from 2-3:30 p.m. EST. This webinar will help state-level public health and MCH professionals understand ways to help women and families navigate their health insurance options to improve women's overall health and birth outcomes. Click here to register or contact Emily Eckert at for more information.

National Action Plan to Increase Safe Infant Sleep Webinar
The National Action to Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) is pleased to announce the official release of the National Action Plan to Increase Infant Sleep. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) will host a webinar on Oct. 21 from 2-3 p.m. EST. Participants will learn about the National Action Plan, how the plan was developed, the National Coalition Members involved, ways the plan will be implemented, and how your work relates to the plan. To register, click here.

Overweight/Obesity Prevention, Treatment, and Maintenance from Childhood to Adulthood: Discussing Review-level Evidence Webinar
Health Evidence will host a webinar on Oct. 14, 2015 from 1-2 p.m. EST that will examine a series of five reviews on overweight and obesity prevention, treatment, and weight maintenance strategies among children, youth, and adult populations. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Leslea Peirson. To register, click here.

CCPH 14th International Conference Call for Proposals
The Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) is convening their 14th annual International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 11-14, 2016 and is themed, "Journey to Justice: Creating Change Through Partnerships." The 14th International Conference will bring community partners, faculty members, students, funders, and policymakers from around the world together to learn and highlight partnerships and research collaborations addressing health equity through social justice. The CCPH is seeking proposal submissions to share knowledge, wisdom, and experience. All proposals must be submitted by Oct. 15, 2015. To learn more, click here.

Prematurity Prevention Conference
March of Dimes is hosting conferences in Crystal City, Virginia on Nov. 17-18, 2015 about enhancing prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation, programs, policies, and other activities to prevent premature births. Other goals of the conferences are to prevent prematurity by disseminating findings on evidence-based practices, programs, and policies, and share tools and resources, as well as engaging stakeholders to participate in the effort to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. premature births to 5.5 percent by 2030. To register, click here.

APHIF Host Site Applications
The Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program (APHIF) is designed to give informatics fellows an accelerated training experience and on-the-job training at health departments in preparation for a career as public health informaticians at health departments in state and local levels. APHIF is one of three fellowship programs as part of Project SHINE, which is supported by the CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Over the course of a year, fellows will address projects to strengthen the public health informatics capacity of the host health agency. Activities might include working on disease surveillance systems, public health registries, public health activities with health information exchanges and other public health informatics priorities for the host site. Fellows have Master's or doctoral-level education in public health and a commitment to working in applied public health at the state or local level. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 20, 2015. To apply, click here. For more information, please contact Amanda Masters at or 770-458-3811.

Text4baby Kicks Off 2015 Enrollment Contest
The 2015 Text4baby State Enrollment Contest – launched in honor of Mother's Day and National Women's Health Week – has begun. The contest is open to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The top states to enroll the highest percentage of mothers in Text4baby between May 10 and Oct. 17, 2015 will be recognized. Even if you are not one of the final winners, your state will still have the opportunity to win each week. You can monitor your state's progress at and through Text4baby Tuesday. Check out where your state currently ranks here. For ideas on how to promote Text4baby in your community, download the Text4baby Outreach Toolkit that provides outreach strategies and best practices for promoting Text4baby in your state or community. Check out the 2015 State Enrollment Contest page for additional tools and information.

Special Issue Call for Papers: Postpartum Health and Wellness
The Maternal and Child Health Journal is soliciting manuscript submissions to be considered for an upcoming issue on the theme of postpartum health and wellness. This important period in the reproductive life continuum provides a critical link between prenatal care and women's preventive health care as well as an essential opportunity to guide and support maternal role attainment, breastfeeding, mental health and healthy parenting. The Journal solicits manuscripts on any aspect of postpartum health and wellness, including policy briefs, original research, commentaries, perspectives in practice (clinical or public health), program development or implementation, program evaluation, and literature reviews. The deadline for submission is October 15. For more information, click here.

How to Evaluate Public Health Programs
The Learning Institute of the 143rd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association will be offered on Nov. 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL. The purpose of the course is to teach public health professionals, particularly at the community, local or state levels how to evaluate public health programs. The main focus of the course will include summative evaluations, including outcome and impact evaluations. This course will cover the importance of developing logic models of inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes. The course will also examine the need for measurable performance measures including targets and goals. To register, click here. To view detailed Learning Institute Course description and fees, click here.